We are excited to announce that on Saturday 12 October 2019, the third edition of University College Utrecht Homecoming will take place. The first Homecoming event, which took place in November 2017, was a great success. We are looking forward to continuing this new tradition. We cordially invite alumni from classes of 2004, 2009 and 2014 to celebrate the 15th, 10th or 5th anniversary of your graduation from University College Utrecht together with us and your classmates. Join us for a programme full of opportunities for alumni to re-connect and socialise, and attend inspiring lectures to get updates on what your former teachers are currently working on.
12:00-13:30 Arrival, registration and lunch in Dining Hall.
13.30-14:00 Opening by the Dean James Kennedy.
14:00-14:30 Keynote speech by Ties Dams
University College Utrecht alumnus class of 2012 will talk about his recently published book The new emperor (De nieuwe Keizer). See below for more information about the keynote.
14:30-15:45 Breakout sessions (round one) - Choice from:
- Lecture by Dr. Sabine Uijl - CHARM EU, challenge driven university, operating local to be global. What are the needs and possibilities of such a program for UCU alumni, and other, broad or narrower trained, master students.
- Dr. Patrick Wijchers - Gastronomy: In order to promote interdisciplinary thinking among UCU students, we have piloted a course on the Arts and Sciences of Food where students with different academic backgrounds were brought together to learn about, reflect on and connect insights from various disciplines on the past, present and future of food and cookery. But can we make the second serving taste as good as the first?
- What's new at University College Utrecht? - A surprise session with multiple speakers talking about new developments and projects at University College Utrecht.
16:00-17:15 Breakout sessions (round two) - Choice from:
- Lecture by Speaker Dr. Mary Bouquet - Journeys into Diversity. “Diversity is a hot item in higher educational policy. Making an exhibition with and about refugee students returning to education at Utrecht University, was one of the outcomes of the project entitled ‘Making Journeys: Building Blocks for Diversity’. In a creative workshop you will focus on a diversity-related topic and discuss the methodology engaged differs from standard academic approaches to such subjects.
- Lecture by Dr. Annemieke Meijer – Tutorial Guidance. What’s new and how can your experiences improve the tutorial system.
- Campus tour - learn things about UCU's historic campus that you never knew before, and discover what changes our student accommodation has/has not undergone since you left during this (partly self-guided) campus tour.
17:30-20:00 Homecoming Drinks and Dinner in Dining Hall.
20:00-00:00 Homecoming Party hosted by UCAA in UCSA Bar.
Keynote Ties Dams: Marco Polo’s Mirror - how China’s rise is reshaping Europe’s world
For ages, China’s economic potential went unseen. Only now, European states are beginning to acknowledge China’s power as an autonomous geopolitical actor. But still, Europe fundamentally underestimates the extent to which China’s rise will force Europe to reimagine itself and its place in the world.
In his book – The New Emperor, a literary biography of China’s president Xi Jinping – Ties Dams explores the ways in which Chinese power has presented itself to the world and how its most powerful and most visible leader since Mao Zedong is changing the world in his image. In his key-note, Dams will show why Europe always got China wrong, how it is now quickly catching up to its new geopolitical realty, and consequently starts to fundamentally question the role it plays in the world. He argues that China’s rise forces Europe to grow up.
Ties Dams (1993) is a Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute, consulting strategist at Aleph, and writes about philosophy and geopolitics. He graduated in 2012 from University College Utrecht, where he studied politics, philosophy and economics, after which he pursued a master’s degree in political theory at UCL. He teachers masterclasses in geopolitical strategy at University of Amsterdam and is working on his second book.